The Ultimate Watch

Hey.  Do you know what time it is?  I know I do!

I also know which direction is north, current barometric pressure, altitude, temperature, and tide and moon data.

But how, you ask?

I got a new watch.  That’s how.

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A pleasant surprise for my birthday last month, my (awesome) girlfriend bought me the Casio Pro Trek with the titanium band, and I couldn’t be happier.

Do I really need all of these data points?  Of course not.  At least not on a normal day.  If I’m out enjoying the great outdoors in pursuit of wild trout, all of this data might be a little more useful.

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Ripping Streamers IV: How To Fish The Swing

In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, I covered everything you need to know as to the why, and the how in terms of flies, sinking lines, and technique while fishing still water.

In the final installment of the Ripping Streamers series, it’s time to talk about “the swing”.

As you already know, streamer fishing is a different animal.  It’s not nymphing and it’s not dry fly fishing.  We’re offering up a protein-packed meal to hungry and aggressive fish.  Big fish.

And there’s not a lot of finesse involved.  I feel like a gladiator when I’m streamer fishing.

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Ripping Streamers Part III: Sinking Lines

What’s up, anglers?

I’m writing you after several recent and AWESOME days on the stream here in Colorado.  The weather has been incredible, and the trout are HUNGRY.  I can’t remember ever catching fish all day on a double dry fly rig in November.  It’s been insane, and I’m loving it!

But dry fly action isn’t what’s on my mind right now…  It’s streamer fishing.

The seasons are changing.  The time changed last weekend and winter is upon us. Fishing sub surface will be the ticket to landing tailwater trout for most of us until spring.

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Ripping Streamers Part II: Getting Started

In the first part of the “Ripping Streamers” series, I dropped some knowledge on why you should give streamer fishing a try.  And I know you’re getting excited to add this technique to your arsenal of tricks.

Let’s get down to business of the “how” part of streamer fishing.  I’ll start with what makes a streamer a “streamer”, then get into what they mimic in nature.  Finally I’ll cover general guidelines to get you started.

So what makes a streamer a streamer?  A streamer is any kind of fly that is weighted, either with a bead head, cone head, or weight tied in the body, that sinks below the surface, and which is retrieved with a twitch to represent a small bait fish or leech that is swimming in the water.  The key here is that it sinks, and often has feathers or some kind of fur or sparkles which when floating through the current moves and makes the pattern look more realistic.

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Ripping Streamers

I can see the look on your face.  Ripping streamers?  You must be crazy.

That isn’t fly fishing, you’re thinking to yourself.  I used to feel the same way.

Let’s be real.  There are a lot of purists out there…  Some people will only fish with dry flies.  Some people are die hard about nymphing and will tell you that it’s infinitely more productive than dry flying and yada yada yada…

Everyone has their reasons for fishing they way they do.  It’s simple.  You like it, and for whatever reasons you do like your style of fishing, that’s what’s fun for you.  I get it.  And you won’t find me arguing with you either.

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Find Your Water

I read an interesting article recently that used a term I hadn’t ever heard of before.  The author calls it “blue lining”.

Intrigued by the title of the article, I soon realized that I knew exactly what he was talking about.

Blue lining is exploring in places where there isn’t easy access to the water in the drainage, in pursuit of wild trout.  Instead of driving to your destination, you drive as far as you can, and then you follow the blue lines on the map.  These blue lines are of course water.

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Why You Should Wet Wade

People look at me like I’m crazy some days.  Ok, most days.  And I guess maybe I am…

But I like be different, and I like to get out of my comfort zone and try new things.

A few years back I went on my very first guided float trip with my old man.  My pops and I were sweating our n**ts off in our waders floating down the river on a 90 degree September day in Wyoming.  Meanwhile, our guide was wearing sandals and shorts and seemed to really be enjoying the weather that day.  And that’s because he’s a wet wader.

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Ten Must Have Dry Flies

As I drive through Boulder, I slow down as I approach the bridge over Boulder Creek.  We’re finally tapering off from peak runoff.  I last fished Boulder Creek two weeks ago, and the flow was about 650 CFS, which by my standards is pretty raging.  The fishing is tough at the higher flows, but I still did manage to net a few.

And I’m not bummed about the runoff.  Not in the least.

Why?  Because it’s almost dry fly season!

There’s an age old debate in the fly fishing community about what style is most productive.  Should I nymph?  Should I dry fly?  Maybe a dry-dropper setup?  A slut rig?

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Get Your Float On

I can see you.  You’re standing at the edge of that lake.  And you can’t cast your line far enough to put your flies in front of feeding fish.  To make matters worse, there are bushes and trees behind you, making casting even more difficult.  Discouraged, you decide to wade out into the water a little further.

And just as you think you’re in range of those feeding fish…

You sink up to your knees in the mud, not thinking that the bottom of the lake doesn’t offer solid footing.

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6 Reasons You Should Fish Private Water

When you look at a map, or go to your local fly shop to inquire about new fishing spots, it can be overwhelming.  I’ve been there.  I still go there sometimes.

There are tons of publicly accessible lakes, rivers, streams and creeks all over the state of Colorado which are full of fish. And there’s a lot of water to fish too, be it right around the corner from your house or office, or a short drive.  You might even hike a bit to get away from the crowds.

For years I only fished public water. 

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